“Mary aims to explore and artistically express the social parameters and Indigenous philosophies that define her as an Ojibway woman.”
Mary McPherson is an emerging artist practicing in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Mary’s art is her way of expressing her understanding of who she is. Through a process of research and reflection, Mary works at her art while conceptually developing what she wishes to express. She usually uses graphite as a medium for her drawings, however, as a Visual Arts student at Lakehead University, she is working to expand the mediums available to her. Mary aims to explore and artistically express the social parameters and Indigenous philosophies that define her as an Ojibway woman. She strives through her art to counter-act the racism she observes in society. Mary also uses her art to understand the violent histories that her family and ancestors have been subjected to. This historical knowledge inspires her to build her artistic personality, through cultural synthesis utilizing critical thinking to aid in the rediscovery of her own cultural worldview.
In 2015, Mary was awarded 1st place by Aboriginal Arts and Stories for her drawing, “Cross Assimilation”. The drawing is her expression of the inter-connectedness of colonization and assimilation practices, arising from her knowledge of residential schools and her experiences in the current education system. Having won the junior Aboriginal Arts and Stories award, Mary was awarded a Governor General History Award the following fall, presented at Rideau Hall.
Mary McPherson is a Couchiching First Nation visual artist from living in Thunder Bay, Ontario.